Community air quality issues are on the agenda for a joint workshop session of the Wichita City Council and Sedgwick County Commission Tuesday, Oct. 5, at noon in the First Floor board room of City Hall, 455 N. Main.
The session will include presentations by representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).
State Sen. Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick, will also report on the outcome of a legislative examination of air quality issues during recent hearings at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka. Sen. McGinn chairs the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Energy and Environmental Policy.
The representatives from EPA and KDHE will outline current air quality standards for ozone, a major concern for the Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) including Sedgwick, Butler, Harvey and Sumner counties.
The Wichita MSA is at risk of falling into “non-attainment” of allowable ozone levels, which would result in serious economic repercussions for the community. EPA is also expected to lower current standards for allowable ozone levels, which would exacerbate the situation.
Discussion will also cover the annual range burning in the Flint Hills and its impact on air quality readings in Wichita.